Care for Creation


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Daniel Spencer. Curriculum. The Work of the People, 2013.

This 10-minute presentation by a biblical scholar and environmentalist focuses on key words of the Genesis 2 and 3 stories that illuminate humanity’s God-given relationship with the created world. For example, Spencer points out that the word adam is derived from adamah, which means of the earth or soil. Thus, Adam is not so much a proper name as it is an identity: earth creature. With mountains and meadow as stunning visual backdrop, Spencer asserts that the Bible envisions a planet where all creatures live in harmony and wholeness. Humanity is one element of an interdependent web, with divinely appointed responsibility for its well-being. A free conversation guide is available from the website, making this an ideal one-session introduction to the biblical view of stewardship of creation.

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